Jim Trainer

Shrieks of Paradise, Correspondence&Rails#21: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2009

In Being A Writer, media, Music, music journalism, Writing on February 10, 2015 at 5:28 pm

1500 North Street#A
Austin, TX 78756
512-203-6288

10/26/09

Britt Walford
Editor
Squirrel Bait Magazine
squirrelbaitmagazine.com

Fun Fun Fun…won’t get gooled again…contact for bands and
performers…PR contacts…Advice

Britt!-Compared to Austin City Limits (ACL) and South By Southwest
(SXSW), this one should be a blast.

ACL blew through town weekend before last.  Austin
may boast itself as the live music capital of the world, this once
homegrown concert series featured headliners Ben Harper and Pearl Jam.
Plus, fans had to deal with something called “dillo dirt”-a
combination of compost and treated sewage used as fertilizer for the
fresh laid grass in Zilker Park, and the incessant rain we been
under since the summer broke.  But-what would a music festival be
without over-hyped bands and mud?  Let’s not forget the port-o-potty
situation either.

The horrors of ACL are nothing compared to the notorious South by
Southwest Music Conference, which I of course will be pitching to you
shortly.  To prime you, just imagine a music festival as big as SXSW;
featuring on average of over 1,800 bands for two warm&crazy weeks
in March.  Now adjust yourself to the reality that although SXSW is hosted
by a city with over 200 venues and an estimated 1,990 musicians, it is
not kind or supportive of local acts.  Once you discover that the
sponsors of SXSW are PepsiCo and Miller Lite, it will perhaps make a
little more sense to you.  And if it doesn’t make sense then perhaps
you’ll understand that the fuck-ton of traffic that descends on this
already small&congested town like a nightmare hipster-parade is
not okay even if some out of town band does get signed.

I would hope that a musicfestival created by those in “the scene”
such as Fun Fun Fun Fest wouldn’t try to insult me with something
as mundane as Ben Harper for$145.   I’d like to catch some sets
from some great independent bands and see what these punkers
can do with a music festival.

Rest assured that between Cayte and me you will have a story on your
hands.  Port-o-Potty’s-Ahoy!

your Writer,
Jim Trainer
Austin, TX

FFF 2009

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